Here is the second part with photos of the best bass event of the year in the UK! The exhibitors are in alphabetical order, although some stands covered more than one company. As usual, almost all of the photos were taken before the doors opened to the general public.
This year I noticed the appearance at several booths of a number of lefty models. I know of a small army of lefty Basschat members and not-yet–members who were hoping to be able to attend and try some basses this time. Well done, exhibitors – please continue this trend.
The European Guitar Builders were back with their long table in the entrance hall, and Alan Cringean had some new, colourful models on show.
Spot the coloured cabs amid the traditional-looking blacks and greys.
The purple one… mmm.
Yes, that’s a luxurious Enfield bass.
Too many strings? 😉
We had MacDaddy, Charic, Ped and Tina taking turns at the Basschat stand. Below MacDaddy and Charic with Transistorbassman.
MacDaddy, Ped, Tina, Charic
MacDaddy showcases his Snapdragon folding bass.
We missed them.
They were offering the customary great subscription deals with added goodies.
Depressingly, they couldn’t make it on the Saturday…
…but were back with a vengeance on the Sunday. Drool!
Spot the lefty (yay!)
Happy Jack had been chasing that mint green Scott Whitley fretless for months, and finally got it at the show.
Alexander Claas from Germany was a new exhibitor at the show, and this small selection of his boutique basses received a lot of interest.
I was particularly intrigued by the neck on this one. The additional width has a stability and sound-enhancing purpose. This neck was wide but shallow enough not to be uncomfortable to play.
Some serious bolt-on action here.
Wide variety, and affordable instruments. What’s not to like?
There was even a couple of lefties.
Sander De Gier again showcased his beauties on the European Guitar Builders’ table.
DRs and Spectors. I could ogle them for hours. 🙂
Another first-time exhibitor, from Switzerland. This is Pierre Camilleri with some seriously elegant instruments.
Those Bass Boards were again very successful. The only way to take a photo like this was early in the morning.
The Vanderkley/Martina Dutch corner was, as always, very busy throughout the weekend, with a constant flow of stars and visitors plugging these beauties into Marc’s amps and cabs (scroll down to see those).
Ellio himself. And I bought one of those bass stands off him at the end of the show, because I think they are very cool. (I would add a link to their website, but production seems to have been discontinued.)
He’s looking at two people tweaking settings on the Darkglass amp out of shot.
The new show models have steel hardware and use roasted maple.
Spot the six-string intruder…
Very new company that created a lot of interest, not just from punters but also from guest stars.
Stylish as always.
Back by popular demand in the quiet corner by the Auditorium.
Michael Gillett at work.
Red and orange are the new black. See also ProAmp below…
Oh, yellow is also the new black. Forget Marcus Miller, what we were most fascinated by was the MarkAudio linear array systems!
Well and truly overwhelmed by lust.
Family-run company, all very nice and patiently explaining their offers. We’re planning a visit.
Keep these guys in mind if you want your charity money to do something for music and young people.
A return to the European Guitar Builders table for Andreas Neubauer, his basses and also endorsee Snow Owl, who was a guest performer.
Another EGB regular – Nik Huber and his semi-hollow basses. Love the red one.
Yes, he was back at the EGB table too, and no, he’s not giving it the thumbs down, he’s proudly showing me one of his gorgeous lefties.
Spot the other lefty.
Their stand had to be smaller than the humongous one they had at NAMM, but it was still very orange and great fun.
We tried these O-Basses, and were seriously impressed, especially as they are much less expensive than they look and sound.
Mark Hedge of Barnes&Mullins, the distributor.
These are just the basses – they had a lot of accessories and strings too.
Ferdinand Rikkers was back at the EGB table, and we still can’t get over the lust that that blue-and-natural Treeline bass gives us, every time. That bass is Ferdinand’s own, not for sale. His take on a P-bass is also pretty luscious.
One of the regular exhibitors, with Jason How doing the honours, as always. Great stuff.
Umut Dal was back with some more beautiful, highly distinctive models. And a lefty.
Umut is left-handed but plays both lefty and righty basses either way, upside-down strings and all. I’m very jealous.
A profusion of lefties. Hats off to you, Sirs.
The black-and-crème Enigma is the Chris Childs signature model.
And this is a reliced Grand Dark.
Serek, from the US, were another new exhibitor. Like Tonetech/Sever, their gear was detained at Heathrow, but unlike them, they managed to get it back for showing on the Sunday.
They look good enough to eat.
For those who were disappointed that I wasn’t able to take any decent photos of Spector’s stand at NAMM, here is an extended series.
Tonetech and Sever had to make do with showcasing just a fraction of what they had shipped to London – because most of it was still sitting at Heathrow by the end of the show.
Yes, that’s the fabled Elf in prominent position. The cabs are neat too.
Another new name at the show, from Finland. And very beautiful they are.
Luthier and owner Aron Bach shows us how even the back of these basses is a work of art.
The other half of the Dutch corner (with Ellio Martina). Marc Vanderkley only attends one show, the LBGS, and usually goes home to Holland having sold everything.
A small but significant presence. There was still no sign of the Idolmaker bass, of which only a few have been built; they are all currently in the US. However, we did get a guitar. Idolmaker basses will reach Europe later in the year; for now, we can GAS for that Dolphin, those Streamers, those Thumbs and those Corvettes, especially the purple one.
What, it’s over already? Roll on next year!